Post # 1
For the married bees, how many people did you invite to your wedding and how many actually came? I keep reading posts on this board and it’s giving me anxiety about our guest list. We invited a little bit over our venue capacity for a seated dinner ( my Future Mother-In-Law & mother insisted that certain people remain on the list and she assured me that they will not come) and I am freaking out. The good thing about the venue is that we rented the entire building (it is in an aquarium) so there will be lots of room to move around in the exhibit space & theater room, in addition to the dining room. Also, there is a lovely patio over looking the river so people can mingle outside too. I wish I wasn’t in this situation, however, I was told two different capacities by two different event coordinators at our venue. The first representative we met with said that we could have around 240 people and the second lady said 175. HUGE difference! The majority of people are from out of town so I know there will be some declines, but I’ve heard of people not having any…yikes! What was your experience?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t stress about it. We invited 190 and had 140 RSVP that they will attend. The majority of our guests are from out of town also, so I was actually surprised we are going to have that many, but we budgeted for 150 so it’s working out perfect. How many people did you invite? I didn’t see that in your post.
Post # 4
@lmarsch1: We invited 265 people…yikes I know. I will say that about 25 of those invites are children or teens and we have already had several of their parents tell us that they will most likely not be able to attend/ if they do come they will not bring their children. Also, there is a special seating area for the children in the exhibit space so technically it would not affect our seating capacity in the main dining room.
Post # 5
I’m stressing the other direction–our venue is an hour and a half away from most of our guests, so I am afraid no one will come!
It’s unlikely that anyone will be counting if your food is served buffet style. (Or, at least, I’ve never heard of anyone counting for buffet style.) So just make sure there are enough plates for all your invites plus ten or 15, and if there end up being more, just keep quiet. As long as you’re not over the fire marshall’s limit, I would think you’ll be fine.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We invited 80, 65 RSVP’d yes, 55 attended.
Post # 7
I counted just shy of 200 when I got done with my list.
They told me at the wedding there wasn’t any cupcakes left after they got done with everyone so I assume 200+ came 🙂
Post # 8
I used to host events a long time ago. We called it party math. Usualy 80% will RSVP Yes and 70 to 75% will actually show.
You should be fine. 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsDeLovely: My wedding was out of town, as well. We invited 196 people, 98 accepted with a RSVP, and 87 showed up.
Post # 10
My mother had me invite several people who she also assured wouldn’t come. And come my wedding day, they were certainly in attendance.
We invited 186, with a venue capacity of 170, and had 130 in attendance. This was pretty good for us, since it involved 500+ miles of travel for my family and 800+ miles for DHs.
ETA: We have zero no-shows. Everyone who RSVPed yes came.